Walk Reports for 2022


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Sunrise Saunter – 21 December 2022

It is probably quite easy to find out what the chances are of having a clear sky at sunrise on the shortest day but that would hardly help as the whole idea of a Sunrise Saunter is that it is on the shortest day, come what may.  This was the sixth attempt and it was no more successful than previous years.  Glimpses of stars at just before seven gave the two of us some hope before boarding the bus for Ringmer but, if anything, the clouds got thicker thereafter.  A third hopeful joined the party at Malling and the three of us began our trek at Ringmer Green.  At Gote Lane we headed across the field towards the turbine.  After all the rain it was not surprising to find the going under foot decidedly squelchy.  At the far side of the field, whilst looking for the exit from the field,  we were met by a shadowy figure who proved to be an equally lost group member who had, having missed us off the bus, preceded us thus far.  The field beyond was equally wet but the messiest part of the proceedings was the climb up the hill where the turbine is to be found.  Cattle must have collected there because the ground was a mushy, muddy mess which made climbing very precarious.  At last, at the turbine, “normal” walking resumed.  Week Lane was not muddy, neither was the path to Saxon Cross, nor the track to the golf club car park, nor was Chapel Hill that we followed to the middle of Lewes and our breakfast stop at the Trading Post.  At Week Lane the sky was briefly red but as far as the sunrise was concerned, that was it.  Just after Saxon Cross it rained fiercely for a few minutes into our faces on a brisk westerly wind.  Apart from the mud and the rain it was an experience to be remembered when thinking about doing it again next year.  There has to be a clear sky sometimes.  Graham was the responsible leader.




         At the Turbine with the Old Mill Post


                 A Sort of Sunrise



Downs above Lewes – 14 December 2022

There was still some snow on the ground and some of the streets and pavements were covered in treacherous, knobbly sheets of ice but, undeterred, nine of us set off from Cliffe Bridge for a gentle stroll that began along the noisy road out of Lewes to Southerham.  The water level in the river was just about the lowest it ever is as it was low tide of a springtide, two days after a full moon.  The first known use of springtide, according to the on-line Merriam-Webster Dictionary, was in 1548.  Fairly clearly, springtide probably has nothing to do with the season but it still seems odd to have springtides in the middle of Winter.  Finding our way through the industrial estate, we, some of us with a little difficulty, climbed a few icy steps that took us onto the path that leads from Southerham Farm up to the Downs above. At the top, after a steady climb, we joined the path that took us back to the golf club car park and thence down Chapel Hill to Cliffe.  The light covering of snow definitely added a shimmer to the views of the Downs and across the Ouse Valley.  The Brooks have been flooded since to the heavy rain last month, now it could be seen that the land is covered in ice.  Hot drinks and cakes at the Riverside rounded off a very pleasant outing led by Hilda and Graham.




                   Some cows in front of a view


                     Some walkers in front of a view



East Dean/ Birling Gap4 December 2022

Fourteen of us set off from East Dean village and took the bus to the South Downs Way. As we walked towards Beachy Head, we had hazy views over Eastbourne and the sea beyond. At the intersection with Warren Hill, we continued along the side of the Beachy Head Road to the Bridle Path above Bullock Down Farm. This is a fairly sheltered path out of the wind. There were breaks in the bushes allowing us to see sheep in the fields, views either side and, eventually, the Belle Tout Lighthouse.

We walked along the edge of a wide field where many young cattle thankfully moved out of our way. However, as we approached the gate of Cornish Farm, other cows were blocking our exit. Fortunately, our brave Chairman quietly shooed them to one side. We went down to the Beachy Head Road and crossed over to the woods skirting Birling Gap. On such a blustery day, we didn’t see any birds but we did hear some twittering. We had our coffee break in the sheltered horseshoe-shaped seating area at Birling Gap. Then we walked west slightly uphill on the South Downs Way going past a few houses. Turning inland, we went up Went Hill, to see more sheep and misty views until we reached the woodland path that took us back to East Dean. The walk was approximately 6 miles and was led by Hazel and assisted by Graham and Alan!




                             Birling Gap Break


                          Heading Down to East Dean



Pooh’s Ashdown Forest – 20 November 2022

Following yet another autumn night of wind and torrential rain, seven members of the Lewes Footpaths group met to walk in the footsteps of Winnie the Pooh, through the Ashdown Forest.  Fortunately, by the time we started our walk the rain had stopped.  Starting from the Pooh car park, we briefly walked towards Pooh Sticks Bridge, before turning off, and crossing back over the B2026 to enter a corner of Five Hundred Acre Wood.  The latter being the “Hundred Acre Wood” from the AA Milne Winnie the Pooh stories.  Walking through the wood, our route joined the Weald Way, and heading north, picked up the High Weald Landscape Trail to Hartfield.  By this time, the sun was even shining.  Here we stopped for lunch by the church, admiring the church and adjacent buildings.  We crossed the B2026 again, leaving the High Weald Landscape Trail, briefly joining the Forest Way, before then heading south, across countryside, with views back towards Hartfield and its church.  On reaching and crossing the B2110, our route went left, and then right, where we paused to admire the many very black sheep, before following paths and bridleways, on a well-signed route to the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge.  Here we stopped to play Poohsticks, with the sticks we had collected along the way.  Finally, we followed an uphill path, passing piglet and owl’s houses, to return to the car park.  The walk follows the route described in the AA publication: 50 Walks in Sussex.  Anita was the leader.




                Hartfield Church


        Pretty House at the Entrance


              The Church from Afar




                    Some Very Black Sheep


                              Ready to Play …..


               … Poohsticks



Rottingdean – 13 November 2022

This walk was scheduled for the previous Sunday, but in view of the dire weather forecast for that day, and as several of us had got drenched on the previous Tuesday’s walk (See report below), it was decided to postpone the walk for a week. This proved to be a wise decision, as seventeen of us turned up to enjoy bright and sunny skies. We started the walk in Rottingdean by climbing up to the Grade II listed Beacon Windmill, then walking across the Nature Reserve and down Beacon Hill at the Southern edge of Ovingdean. After crossing the valley, we ascended on the other side to the boundary of Roedean School. Some of us remarked that for a boarding school, it appeared remarkably devoid of any visible activity. We skirted the fields before descending steeply towards St Wulfran’s Church in Ovingdean. A short while before reaching the church, we noticed a small congregation on the Green outside the church, and realising that it was 11 a.m. on Remembrance Sunday, we paused for two minutes’ silence. We then had to negotiate a rather tricky stile before we could make our way down to the Green, where there were convenient benches for us to take our coffee break and chat to the friendly congregants. A row of us seated on the benches eating bananas elicited the remark “Oh, is this the zoo?” from one of the locals! Appetites having been satisfied by these and other nourishments, we continued around the next hill to Roedean, where views of the other side of the school still did not indicate any sign of life there. After walking a little way along the A259 towards Brighton, we crossed the busy road and descended to the marina, from where we walked along the Undercliff back to Rottingdean. By this time the sunshine was unseasonably warm, garments had been shed, and there were even a few hardy swimmers in the sea, although none of our group was tempted. The walk was led by Alan.



Newick to Uckfield – 1 November 2022

The six of us who did turn up had all looked at the weather forecast for showers.  Showers?  No problem, get the wet weather gear on. It was about half an hour after we got off the bus at Newick that the first “shower” arrived.  A cascade of water with a following gale is a better description.  Out in the open with no shelter available, we were all wet (on the outside only, of course) from head to toe within minutes.  The rain did eventually abate and we continued to stride purposefully eastward towards Sharpsbridge and hence to Shortbridge, where The Peacock Inn provided excellent hot chocolate and the chance to warm up a little.  This was particularly welcome because the last part of the route to The Peacock Inn was along a narrow, enclosed path of an especially malevolent character.  The heavy rain had produced much slutchy mud and many large puddles that could not be avoided.  On the bright side, as our boots were already thoroughly sodden, wading through ankle deep mud and water was, now, just in a normal-days walk, as it were.  The pub was very accommodating when we arrived in our wretched state.  On leaving the pub, the heavens opened again, the wind and rain full in our faces and, again, nowhere to shelter until some woods surrounding Piltdown golf course gave us some welcome relief.  Funnily enough, there were no golfers to be seen.  The rain passed over and we entered Uckfield by way of Lake Wood with its huge greensand rocks towering above us and the lake, strangely devoid of any ducks or other aquatic birds.  We arrived at the bus station just in time to miss the bus back to Lewes.  The forty-minute wait was passed mostly huddled up in the bus shelter, out of more showers, this time enlivened by an impressive shaft of lightening and a very loud clap of thunder.  A memorable walk, led by Graham, but not necessarily for the best reasons.



Mayfield – 23 October 2022

Six members completed this circular walk around the historic village of Mayfield.  The group set off in the rain.  All were appropriately dressed and cheerful at the prospect of the morning’s walk.  As we crossed the Mayfield recreation ground, it was a shame the rain obscured the stunning views usually enjoyed from the village hall.  The walk was a mix of open fields and woodland, through Banky Wood and round Coldharbour Wood, eventually reaching Tidebrook Road.  After crossing the road, the group continued on a track towards Combe Wood.  At one point, it was raining extremely hard and, as we were by a very convenient open sided barn, we paused for a few minutes to wait for the rain to pass, admiring the very handsome Hebridean Sheep in the adjacent field.  The track changed to a path that took us through a plantation of white willows.  From here, we climbed steadily out of Combe Wood, before dropping down to find the Lost Peacock Cafe tucked away in the middle of nowhere.  It is finally dry and sunny.  We admire the autumn colours in the sunshine, walking through Hole Wood, before finally dropping down to head back to our start point.  Finally, we get to admire the stunning outlook obscured by the rain of the earlier morning.  Anita led the walk.




               Damp Walkers with Winking Owl


    Handsome Hebridean Sheep




             Dry Walkers at the Lost Peacock Cafe


       Splendid Autumn Colours



Blackboys – 19 October 2022

Using Mike Power's Pub Walks in East Sussex for our guide, 16 members of the Lewes Footpaths Group enjoyed a 4.5 mile circular ramble around Blackboys.  The weather was perfect.  Although most of the route involved walking along country lanes, we did not get too muddy.

After passing Tickerage Mill, once home to Vivien Leigh, we turned left onto the Wealdway. We continued to Pump Lane passing a property 'quaintly' named Muddy Sewage. As we crossed the road and turned left, we met two goats and two llamas on the way. Joining the Vanguard Way, we crossed some fields and walked through woods back to the Blackboys Inn. The walk was led by Clare.



Crowlink – 9 October 2022

This was a sunny, but breezy, morning when eighteen of us set off from Crowlink National Trust car park.  We crossed the A259 and proceeded along Old Willingdon Road, passing large properties on our right and Southdown sheep on our left. We continued walking inland along a bridleway with lovely views all the way and little flocks of birds flying overhead.  After about an hour, we reached the South Downs Way where we turned west to walk down the long chalky pathway into Jevington, across Jevington Road and up Church Lane, staying on the South Downs Way.

At St Andrews Church, we had our coffee break and admired the autumn colours around us and many horses in the fields. On resuming our walk, we continued west on the South Downs Way which climbs steadily towards part of Friston Forest. Here we took the path through the trees back towards the sea. On reaching open ground, we had fabulous views and spotted three birds of prey. We continued south and then downhill back amongst trees and across two fields where there was a white horse, a cute black pony and many sheep. We climbed a stile back into the part of the forest that runs parallel with Jevington Road just before it reaches the A259. Coming out of the forest, we crossed the A259 and returned to our start of our walk at Crowlink Lane. A walk of about 7 miles was led by Hazel assisted by Graham.



Blackcap – 4 October 2022

Eight of us set off from the prison crossroads up to Landport Bottom, then along the side of the racecourse and past the stables. Beyond the furthermost part of the racecourse, we ascended to the beacon on Mount Harry and from there up to Blackcap. We admired the 360-degree view, including the sun shining over the sea in both Brighton and Newhaven, and we took our coffee break in a sheltered spot overlooking the Weald. We retraced our steps to Mount Harry, but then kept left at the fork and took a path that skirted the woods above Offham. At the end of this path, we turned into the woods and walked through them until we reached another path that took us above the old Chalk Pit quarry. Here we admired the fabulous views of the cliffs and the Ouse valley, with Hamsey church perched in the distance and the river snaking its way from Lewes to Hamsey. A few of us were surprised that, despite having lived in the area for many years, we had been unaware of this very scenic path. We emerged onto Landport Bottom again and made our way along its lower edge, skirting the top of the Nevill estate and returning to our starting point. The walk was led by Alan.



Barcombe – 25 September 2022

On a beautiful sunny Autumn morning in late September, 22 members enjoyed a five and a half mile ramble around Barcombe.

We started from the centre of Barcombe Cross and made our way to Barcombe Mills via Red Bridge, crossing the drive to Banks Farm and then along Boast Lane before striking across fields and eventually reaching the scenic paths alongside the river.  Here we took a coffee break sitting on the banks of the river in glorious sunshine watching a group of children sailing past on their canoes. 

From Barcombe Mills we made our way to Old Barcombe, the oldest settlement in the Parish passing the medieval Church of St. Mary's and some lovely gardens around the houses in the hamlet.  From Old Barcombe we headed towards the old Lewes to Uckfield railway line which is now a much-loved wooded area before emerging on a field at the back of Barcombe Cross village.  This field is threatened with a housing development and has been called the Blackcurrant field as it was once used to grow blackcurrants for Ribena. With the field behind us we emerged behind the Royal Oak Pub and civilisation again.  It was an enjoyable and varied walk and was led by Jeannette and Margaret.



Firle Circular – 21 September 2022

Eleven members completed a short and easy 4-mile walk around the historic village of Firle.  We caught the bus from Lewes and started our walk just outside the village.  We turned left at the village stores taking us past Firle Place, the estate of Lord and Lady Gage, which dates back to Henry VIII and was visited frequently by the late Duke of Edinburgh.

 We walked straight ahead crossing over the lane between the two cottages opposite and through a large field that took us past Firle Tower on the left.  Continuing straight ahead, we arrived at Charleston Farmhouse for refreshments.  We then walked down the new tarmac lane turning right at the bottom. This took us past Tilton Farm, once home to the economist J M Keynes and now a luxury retreat.  We continued on for 1½ miles before turning right and returning to catch our bus back to Lewes.

Everything went well until the leader inadvertently fell into a shallow but smelly slurry pit.  The walk was led by Clare.



Cuckfield – 11 September 2022

On a bright September morning, twelve walkers from the Lewes Footpaths Group, met to walk around the attractive West Sussex village of Cuckfield.  The group walked down the High Street towards the Church, passing through the lynch gate, before heading up towards the main road and along the wide grassy verge of Courtmead Road. We admired some of the stunning properties along the way.  Crossing the main road, the group walked away from the village along the track within Borde Hill Gardens.  We joined the High Weald Landscape Trail and walked through woodland to reach Brook Street.  From here, the group continued to walk across open countryside away from Cuckfield, stopping for morning refreshments on a very convenient tree trunk.  On reaching the Sussex Ouse Valley, we made our way back towards the village, dropping down, and then back up, to the Cuckfield golf course.  Walking across the golf course, we avoided any flying golf balls, did not distract too many Sunday morning golfers, and admired sunflowers growing by the tees.  We eventually reached the outskirts of the village and the recreation ground.  Our route then took us through rough meadows and grassland, onto to scrubby woodland and across a field.  We passed some attractive houses before arriving back in the village centre.  Anita led the walk.






Little Horsted to Uckfield – 6 September 2022

Perhaps it was because everybody was glued to the news media in order to find out that Boris Johnson had resigned as Prime Minister and Liz Truss  had been asked by the Queen to form a new government.  Or, maybe it was the threat of rain.  Or, maybe it was the designation of the walk as a seven-mile hike.  Whatever the reason, only six of us got off the bus at Little Horsted to start the walk to Uckfield.  Almost at once we passed the church of St. Michael where the young Queen and Prince Philip worshiped on occasions when they were staying at Horsted Place.  It has a small turret on top of its “stately perpendicular tower” (Pevsner) that encloses the stairs but would look more at home in a fairy tale castle.  Equally weird are the buildings of the East Sussex National Golf Club.  Bombastic is the word that springs-to-mind.  Having successfully found our way through the golf course and negotiated two very broken-down stiles, we emerged onto the busy A22.  A slightly perilous walk along the narrow verge took us to the entrance to the road down to Crockstead Farm.  Here the route was across the top of an enormous pile of clay earth dumped onto the field to a depth of three or four feet, at least.  It was at this point that the domed top of the unfinished mausoleum built by Nicholas Van Hoogstraten came into view above the trees.  Over twenty years ago Hoogstraten had blocked the public footpath adjacent to his property with fridges and other assorted goods.  After a lengthy legal battle, he was forced to remove the obstructions.  This was a notable success for the Ramblers Association and the local councils who took the case to court.  Approaching Framfield, we saw many house martins strung out along a low-level power line, swallows darting about and a lone buzzard with its eerie, plaintive cry.  Our picnic was taken sitting on convenient benches in the churchyard and soon after leaving the village we joined the Wealdway which we followed into the outskirts of Uckfield.  Here we enjoyed an impromptu game of Poohsticks on the River Uck and a bit further on some of the big-kids in the group had a ride down a zip wire in a children’s play area and a slide down the slide.  We might have arrived on time for the earlier bus back to Lewes but progress was slowed by the impossible-to-resist temptation of stopping to pick the luscious blackberries growing in profusion all along the way. The weather was warm and a bit humid at times but it did not rain.  Those who failed to join us missed a really good walk led by Hilda and Graham.




      Big-kid Number One


        Big-kid Number Two



Alfriston – Bo-Peep Circular - 29 August 2022

Sixteen of us enjoyed a circular walk starting from Alfriston. Along the Old Coach Road, we encountered many cyclists before we reached a property called Church Barn - a converted barn near Berwick church.  We continued westwards until we saw an intersection with an unusual triangular seat. A few yards further along, we turned south through woods, before climbing a stile and walking west to the road called Bo Peep Bostal.

On this warm and mostly sunny day, it was a struggle to climb up the hilly road to Bo-Peep car park where there were four convenient benches with views overlooking Arlington reservoir and here that we had our coffee break. We spoke to a chap who had been flying high above us when we were in the woods. His hang-glider had looked like a big white bird. We followed the South Downs Way with magnificent views of the sea to the south, hills to the far north and Polegate to the east.

Later, at a crossroads, you could return to Alfriston but we turned the opposite way along a narrow road leading to a couple of properties where we came across a family picking some blackberries. We had already sampled many blackberries on our walk. Then we climbed a very wobbly stile into a field where there are often sheep or cows but there were none today. After going down a very steep grassy slope, we walked along an overgrown pathway leading to Alfriston Camping Park. Although quite a few campers were still there, many were packed up and ready to leave. Once through the camp site we reached Alfriston High Street and walked back to our cars through a little wood bordering the road. It was an enjoyable walk of about 6 miles led by Hazel and assisted by Graham.



Wilmington – 21 August 2022

This walk had been scheduled for the previous Sunday, but as the temperature was predicted to reach 32 degrees (and indeed it did so), it seemed likely that participants would melt, dissolve in a pool of sweat or collapse in a heap. We therefore decided to postpone the walk for a week, a wise decision as the temperature was now 19 – 21 degrees, ideal for walking. Eleven of us set out from the Long Man car park in Wilmington and ascended around the Long Man to the top of Windover Hill, from where we enjoyed extensive views from the High Weald in the North to the sea in the South. We followed the South Downs Way along the top of the Downs before descending towards Jevington. Before we reached the village, we turned off to the left and followed the Weald Way around the lower slopes of the Downs to the tiny hamlet of Folkington. After admiring the church and some of the splendid houses nearby, we continued along the Weald Way, eventually branching off to return to Wilmington. The walk was 5.5 miles long and led by Alan.


Firle – Alciston Circular – 27 July 2022

Nine of us set off on a pleasant day from Firle car park and through the village until we reached the bridleway with the Downs ahead. This was the old coach road, or ancient track, between Pevensey and Lewes. We followed the road for 2.5 miles as it curved its way along the foot of the Downs. Soon after passing Bo-Peep farmhouse and the attractive b & b accommodation, we reached a triangular wooden seat which was the perfect place to stop for coffee.

Here, a sign pointed left towards Alciston. As we neared the hamlet, there was a large barn on our right that had once belonged to the monks of Battle Abbey with a 14th century dovecote that we admired. I felt sad passing what had been one of my favourite pubs, called “Rose Cottage.” It closed some years ago and looked in a decrepit state. We walked across a number of fields, running parallel to the main A26 road until we reached Charleston Farmhouse.  We quickly discovered the old barn that has been converted into an attractive cafe where we enjoyed more coffee and delicious cake.

Then we walked past Charleston Farmhouse, through the farmyard and along fields that took us close to Firle Tower. We soon had a view of Firle Place ahead of us. Finally, we made our way across parkland on the Firle estate, keeping the house on our left. At the edge of the park, we went through a large gate, along a track between walls and back into the village. Some of us were tempted to buy plants and flowers from a stall there before returning to our cars. The walk was led by Margaret and Jean.



Horsted Keynes – 12 July 2022

With a small select group of seven we set off in the morning from the Green Man pub in Horsted Keynes.  It was a lovely warm summers day and our first stop was the cemetery at St Giles Church where we visited Harold McMillans family grave. We also found a war grave from the Second World War with two names, presumably husband and wife, which a Google search revealed is not unique but must be very rare.   From there we climbed up through the woods to the bridge with views of Horsted Keynes railway station.  As we walked along the Bluebell Railway line, we were lucky enough to catch sight of the steam engine passing by.  From there we made our way around a huge field of white flowered plants which, after much discussion, was thought to be coriander.  Further on we passed Carla Lanes previous house where she accommodated rescue animals.  Finally, we made our way past beautiful fishing lakes covered with water lilies and up the hill back to the Green Man pub at the top. Diana led this most enjoyable walk.




                           McMillan Family Graves


                 Unusual War Grave with two names





                  Those white flowers – Alan checks out coriander.


                                   Water lilies and more Water lilies



Wild Flower Walks – 23 June and 9 July 2022

These themed walks are for members who are keen to learn more about the range of wild flowers in the local area.  Having had to abandon the first planned walk due to constant drizzle, two further dates were planned, both of which were graced by glorious weather, dry and sunny, perfect for botanising.

The June walk takes us up Chapel Hill, the steep ascent mitigated by frequent stops to examine all the specimens en route.  The verges on the upper half of Chapel Hill are rich in flora, so we have a long list by the time we reach the golf club.  Then onto Southerham Farm Nature Reserve.  We find many new species as we take the track descending to Oxteddle Bottom.   Here we take a short break and admire the fast-flying dragonflies over the dew pond.  Then along the valley floor to reach the path that ascends to the Caburn track, and our return route skirting the golf course to Chapel Hill and back to Lewes. Apart from the wide range of plants, we encounter several butterfly species and the always mesmerising humming-bird hawkmoth – and of course, are accompanied by the skylark’s song.

For the second walk a couple of weeks later, we set off from Gynde.  The trail up from the village to the Caburn track has always provided a wealth of wild flower interest and has also been good for butterflies. And it does not disappoint. We then continue down to Oxteddle Bottom, taking a short break by the dewpond, again busy with dragonflies; then up to the path towards the golf club, and back down Chapel Hill to Lewes. Despite the dryness of the landscape, looking more like the end of an exceptionally hot summer than early July, there are wild flowers in profusion and also many butterfly species, with marbled whites in exceptional numbers – and the ever-present skylarks.

We recorded just shy of 100 species over the 2 walks, slightly more on the July (83) than the June walk (68).  So as ever, evidence of the richness of the flora in this very special and rare chalk downland landscape that we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep. 

The walks were led by Vivien.





                                      Flower of the Wayfarer Tree


Round Headed Rampion – County Flower of Sussex





                        Red Soldier Beetle on a Wild Carrot 




Wivelsfield to Cooksbridge – 3 July 2022

Wivelsfield train station is more than a mile from the village of Wivelsfield.  Having descended the steps from the platform one finds oneself at World’s End.  Could it be that the train owners back in the middle of the nineteenth century whilst constructing the Brighton line, felt that arriving at World’s End station would be too traumatic for the passengers on the scary new form of transport, all speed and steamy metal monsters?  The morning walk from World’s End to Plumpton traversed Ditchling Common and Blackbrook Wood where the male half of the leadership team entertained everybody by falling flat out in some mud having slipped on some tree branches placed there to keep walkers out of the mud.  The only damage of significance was to the leader’s dignity.  At Plumpton, eight of the group chose to take the early train back to Lewes whilst six of us soldiered on to Cooksbridge.  On the way we enjoyed a very pleasant drink in the sunshine at The Jolly Sportsman in East Chiltington where the landlord kindly allowed is eat our picnic.  The rest of the walk was a little more challenging than the first part.  Some of the paths were seriously narrow and overgrown with nettles and brambles and a field of beans had been allowed to grow up without a defined path being made by the farmer.  Nothing too taxing for seasoned walkers, of course.  The (male) leader added more interest by getting (slightly) lost not once but twice, such that when we finally found our way onto the road leading to Cooksbridge station there was concern that we may not make it there in time to catch the train.  The acceleration in the pace of walking was wonderous to behold and we arrived at the station with time to spare.  Hilda and Graham were the leaders of a very enjoyable day out.



One Garden at Stanmer Park – 29 June 2022

Thirteen walkers started what was an outing as much as a stroll.  My motive in leading this was to show them how much there is to see and do now in the refurbished approach from Stanmer Park entrance to the newly designed One Garden and all that contains.  Millions have been spent on the project.  The planting of the garden and maintenance is done by Plumpton College as part of its Stanmer Campus and as the sunshine broke through by midday, we could appreciate the beautiful and interesting veg and flower beds at their best. Needless to say, the smooth new footpath wending through the tapestry of flower meadows and green cut grass, the toilets and various refreshment opportunities were much appreciated. 

 After coffee at One Garden four of the group went their separate ways and the rest went through Stanmer Village and turned right immediately after the last house onto the hills which added variety to the outing.  There was a short steep climb, taken very slowly and well rewarded; after coming out of the wood at the top six of the group in the photo headed back downhill for lunch at Stanmer House (we had checked out the menu on the way up).  The remaining three of us continued to the park entrance and bus stop back to Lewes; this was the longest part of the stroll at 3.5 miles.

The outing was intended to be very flexible and I was happy that walkers felt free to peel off at various points as they wished.  Several said how pleased they were to have seen this wonderful resource and would be back with visitors, grandchildren etc.  So, all good.

Footnote: As well as the two car parks at the entrance to the park, there is another at the top just outside the garden.  Children, dogs and picnics welcome.  For more information or company/a guide to go to One Garden contact me, Grace Davies, on gracedavies1807@outlook.com



                                         Above Stanmer House



Blatchington – 19 June 2022

The day was a cloudy and blustery day as eleven of us set off from the Seaford Golf Clubhouse at Blatchington.  We rang the bell before crossing our first fairway and then we walked along the bridleway that goes slightly uphill between trees and shrubbery. After carefully crossing 2 more fairways, we walked along a path that leads to Paul Earl's seat above Rathfinny Vineyards. Here we turned southwest and walked along a permitted path through fields of barley.  Coming down the hill, we had lovely views of the countryside and sea. We heard many skylarks and saw one fluttering above us. We also saw a swallow.

We made our way along an overgrown path until we reached more open land, with many sheep baaing.  When we reached Norton Farm there was a lone horse who was wearing a very unusual coat! After Norton we continued southwest and enjoyed more lovely views of Bishopstone. We crossed grassland to begin the descent through woods to the village where we had a late coffee break sitting in the Churchyard. It began to rain as we heard the church organ play at the end of the service at St Andrews. After our rest, we walked up Silver Lane to return to Seaford. Although the pathway was edged by a flint wall, there was a gap giving us a good view over the fields to the sea. On reaching Grand Avenue, we walked on roads back to the Golf Club. The five-mile walk was led by Hazel and assisted by Graham.



Berwick – 14 June 2022

On a glorious evening, tempted by a meal at the end of the walk, twenty-one of us set out from Berwick village on a track across the fields towards Alfriston. A stretch in the woods provided welcome shade, but large puddles remaining after the rains of previous weeks were less welcome. However, we skirted them with relative ease and soon reached Alfriston, where the majority of the participants made straight for the pub. Others relaxed on the Green or mooched around the village.

Half an hour later, we set off on the return route, which included a short stretch on a narrow path enclosed by nettles. Emerging unscathed we were soon back in the fields with magnificent views of the Downs and surrounding countryside bathed in the evening light. We made our way between a field of barley on the right and wheat on the left until we were back at Berwick church. Unfortunately, at this hour the church was closed, so we were not able to admire the famous paneling painted by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, but made our way to the Cricketerspub, where we all consumed a hearty meal. The leisurely stroll and excellent food were enjoyed by all. The walk was led by Alan.



Crow and Gate to Uckfield – 8 May 2022 

From the road by the Crow and Gate we walked by a paddock with two horses, who completely ignored us, and through a small yard to be confronted with a huge view over the Weald to the South Downs beyond.  The first of many pleasures on this lovely walk enjoyed by nine of us and led by Graham and Hilda.  Soon we entered Newnham Park Wood, the first of many woods along the way, where a carpet of bluebells still glowed, though they did look just a little bit “tired” in places, not surprising considering that bluebells have been out for weeks now.  Also, to be seen were the many gently rotting arboreal corpses resulting from the great storm of 1984, laid out neatly in rows, huge trees felled by a vortex of moving air.  On passing an old Morris Minor 1000, one of our group observed that that model had been their first car.  It was in very good condition.  Also in good condition were three London Transport buses neatly parked in a barn we walked past. After Barnsgate Manor we joined the Weald Way and followed that to Five Ash Down where three of the group caught the bus back to Lewes.  The Weald is just so pretty.  A real pleasure to walk through and a warm but not too hot day was perfect walking weather.  After a picnic, the remainder of the group soldiered on to Uckfield by way of Maresfield.  Crossing the A26 was the only real excitement of the day, and at Shermanreed Wood more bluebells provided a sort of symmetry to our walk.  A public footpath through the houses took us past a rocky outcrop of sandstone before we finally found our way to the bus station for the journey home. 






















Arboreal Corpses


                       Old car – old memories






















                     On the bridge                                                                                      On the rocks



Ditchling - Wednesday 4 May 2022

Eight members of the LFG enjoyed a 4-mile circular walk around the delightful village of Ditching. We started our walk at the Fieldway, walking down into Farm Lane. We then turned left at a signed path and made our way into Stoneywish Country Park which, at this time of the year, is quite magical with the bluebells in full bloom.

After a few easy stiles, we arrived at MacDonald's chicken farm. At the far side of the farm, we entered a field which contains the Westmeston Jubilee Oak. It was planted in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee celebration from a seedling from Windsor Great Park. We continued across the field until we arrived at Mid-Sussex Golf Course. Following a signpost to the right, we went through a field which was home to a very large bull and his equally large young family. We turned right onto a track which led us to Hayleigh Street Farm. Our group continued walking along a country lane back to Ditching village. We then enjoyed coffee and cakes at the Nutmeg Cafe.   The walk was led by Clare



East Dean and Birling Gap – Sunday 24 April 2022

Although Sunday 24th April was a lovely sunny day, it was windy. Sixteen of us set off from East Dean, past the Tiger Inn and up the hay meadow known as Hobbs Eares. We paused to catch our breath and enjoy great views of the countryside. Then we walked through the churchyard of Friston church and down the road to Crowlink. There were more lovely views looking towards the sea and fields with many sheep and lambs. At the cliff top, we turned east and walked up and down three of the Seven Sisters. As it was dry underfoot, it was not too slippery on the hills. At Birling Gap, we had our coffee break sitting in a sheltered spot with benches in a horseshoe shape to accommodate us all. Some members were tempted by the Ice Cream van.

After our break, we continued east on a grassy path that runs parallel with Beachy Head Road.  We walked through a small bluebell wood where birds were singing. Shortly after this, we reached a point below Belle Tout Lighthouse and crossed the road walking inland towards Cornish Farm and through a field where we saw sheep and lambs in the distance. We followed along grassy pathways with hedges and trees and on past Birling Manor to Gilberts Drive.  The path took us back to East Dean Village and past the cricket field where we saw East Dean and Friston CC playing a match. This walk of about 6 miles was led by Hazel and assisted by Graham.




                     Resting at the top of one of the Seven Sisters.



Chailey – Wednesday 6 April 2022

We were hoping for a fine and clear day for our stroll on Red House Common Nature Reserve at North Chailey on Wednesday 6th April. Instead, six of us set off on a dull and drizzly morning on a path behind "Saritas" - the restaurant at North Chailey crossroads which has recently been sold and not yet re-opened.

We made our way North to the top of the common with breathtaking views across the Sussex Weald.  Following the path Westwards, we came across a group of Exmoor ponies with their distinctive pale noses.  Our path went down and along the edge of the common, where we spotted a few bluebells along the way. We stopped for a coffee break by the lovely Philip Mann pond. Then we made our way back to the top of the common again with the old Chailey Heritage buildings in view which are now made into luxurious private dwellings.  We passed Chailey Windmill, the old Smock Mill and the ancient yew tree beside it which is said to mark the Centre of Sussex.

We reached the Memorial Common after crossing the A272. It is too early in the year to see the heathers, gentians and rare orchids to be found there.  Following paths and tracks through emerging bracken, we found the Memorial Stone which commemorates the two men who established the Chailey Common Nature Reserve in 1971, Garth Christian and Charles Constant.  We then found our back across the Common and back alongside the football pitch to our car park.  The walk was led by Jeannette and Margaret.




Rottingdean – Sunday 27 March 2022

Eleven of us set off up Bazehill Road in Rottingdean, admiring the fine residences before reaching open Downland, from where there were extensive views of the sea, which was a glorious blue, and of several deans”, one in every direction - Woodingdean, Ovingdean, Roedean, Rottingdean, Saltdean and what remains of Balsdean. A gentle incline led us to Balsdean Farm, Balsdean cottages and Balsdean (underground) reservoir. From there the lane descended into the valley and we continued straight on up the hill on the other side, where the lane curved round to Balsdean pumping station and two further cottages, which must have been very isolated in the days when it used to snow.    For the next part of the walk, we were accompanied by the wonderfully uplifting songs of skylarks defending their territories and showing off to their mates. The cold wind had now dropped, and we took our coffee break at Harveys Cross. This monument, in as remote a location as can be imagined in this area, commemorates Colonel John Harvey, who died in a riding accident in 1819. Ironically, he had come down from Bedford for health reasons. The Cross has been subject to decay and vandalism over the years but has recently been restored and is in a lovely location with superb views. Suitably refreshed, we climbed a little further, before descending to Saltdean. To get back to Rottingdean, we had to struggle up the very steep Tumulus Road before descending down the valley and back to Rottingdean. The walk was led by Alan.




Bishopstone to Southease – Sunday 13 March 2022

After a dry spell over the week, rain was forecast for Sunday, the day of our walk from Bishopstone to Southease.  Right up to Saturday night the rain was forecast to arrive early and clear by mid-morning.  At breakfast time on Sunday the rain was shown as not arriving until mid-morning and so it proved to be.  In dry and quite warm weather with a fairly brisk wind the ten hikers set off from Bishopstone train station at the start of Walk Three of the groups’ Favourite Walks series.  Each walk is described on separate, plastic covered sheets, designed to provide protection in rain.  The leader took the opportunity of checking the route description for correctness and fortunately it was found to be accurate.  The first part is through the village of Bishopstone, followed by the hamlet of Norton, each an oasis of peace within the folds of The Downs.  A steady climb through Poverty Bottom took us to the top of Snap Hill where the wind was more apparent and the views are panoramic.  Lambs were in the field and a little black face peeked out from the grass.  On the way, we walked by a slimy, green puddle that looked quite disgusting.  All the time the clouds were thickening and when we reached the South Downs Way the rain, as forecast, arrived in a steady deluge whipped into our faces by the aforementioned wind.  Being seasoned walkers and suitably clad for bad weather we arrived at the Courtyard Café  at Southease Youth Hostel outwardly wet but inwardly dry and ready to enjoy the hot drinks and yummy cakes on offer.  The plastic covered route sheet survived the rain with just a little water ingress along the edge.  Hilda and Graham led the way.  For the princely sum of £4 you can purchase the Favourite Walks booklet from Lewes Tourist Information Centre.





              By Bishopstone Church


                  A wee black face


           A slimy, green puddle.



Round The Combe – Wednesday 9 March 2022

The sun came out later and the wind was still quite brisk but it was not raining.  The stroll round The Combe was taken at a very relaxed pace so it was getting on for midday when our group of ten walkers, led by Hilda and Graham,  arrived back in Lewes at the bottom of Chapel Hill where some elected to partake of some light refreshments at the Trading Post Coffee Roasters.  At the top of The Combe the view of the town takes in very nearly the entirety of Lewes.  One can see how compact the town used to be before estates like Neville and Landport sprawled out up the Downs and along the Ouse valley. At the monument to the Lewes martyrs, we paused a moment to ponder on the fate of those poor people.  Apparently some more fortunate souls were able to clutch gunpowder under their clothes which shortened their agony when it blew up in the heat of the fire.  Close by we found two large trees laid low by one of the recent storms, a sobering reminder of nature’s terrible power. 









East Dean – Sunday 27 February 2022

On a sunny morning, 15 members set off from East Dean car park. After crossing the A259, we walked up the hill towards Eastbourne as far as Downsview Lane. Soon we were in the middle of the countryside with sheep grazing in the fields. About a mile on there was a hard track which runs uphill across the Eastbourne Downs golf course. On reaching the South Downs Way, we had good views over the sea towards Eastbourne and beyond.

Walking west along the South Downs Way, we had our coffee break before turning south. There were magnificent views looking towards Jevington Church and Friston Forest. When we resumed our walk, it was mostly downhill, across fields and along bridleways to an area called Friston Dencher, and then Old Willingdon Road.  Properties here have great views across the valley to the forest. We continued on past the Water Tower and then crossed the A259 to Friston pond. After walking through the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin Church, we went back to the village of East Dean down the field called “Hobbs Eares”. During the walk we heard a few skylarks and saw a rabbit scampering through the undergrowth. It was an enjoyable walk of about 6.5 miles led by Hazel and assisted by Graham.



  Hobbs Eares - The Last Leg – Downhill to East Dean






Newmarket to Lewes – Tuesday 22 February 2022

Six hardy hikers de-bussed at the presently defunct Newmarket Inn and set off in style to climb The Downs behind the inn.  The westerly wind was brisk but the full force only became apparent when we were half way up and after we had joined the South Downs Way.  At the top we turned east on Juggs Road and the wind blew us along at a merry pace.  At the dew pond we elected to stay on the South Downs Way rather than keep ahead down the treacherously slippery surface of Juggs Road.  Now on the exposed ridge above Kingston we enjoyed again the full force of the wind which did its very best to blow us sideways down the hill. 

 By way of compensation, the view over Lewes and the Ouse Valley never fails to impress from this vantage point. Respite was achieved by turning left down the less precipitous track down to Kingston re-joining Juggs Road on the edge of the village and then following its familiar way back to Lewes.  At The Swan the group began to disperse.  It had been an enjoyable walk, all the more so because of the brisk pace of a hike which saw us back at Lewes shortly after midday.  Graham was the leader.




Woodingdean – Sunday 13 February 2022

On a damp and blustery February Sunday, seven walkers met in the Woodingdean car park, just off Falmer Road.  We realised this is a spot affectionately known to those of us who have long memories of the area, as the bakery car park!   Walking through the end of the car park, we headed up a slight incline towards the right-hand communications mast.  Just before reaching the mast, we turned off to the left and followed a grassy path around the contours of the hill.  This eventually dropped us down into Balsdean Bottom and the lost village of Balsdean. Here we passed the site of the Norman church and through farm buildings before we turned right to cross fields and reach a second farm building.  With little shelter from the wind, we stopped briefly for coffee, before heading up, and up, and up a steep path to reach the South Downs Way.  The reward for our efforts was the magnificent views over Lewes, the surrounding countryside and the coast.  It was very blustery and we did not linger for long.     We then followed the South Downs and Juggs Road until they diverged.  Walking passed Castle Hill Nature reserve, we headed back to the second telecommunications mast and eventually reached the car park.  The walk programme classified the route as a ramble.  It was far too chilly to ramble and the group decided that, despite the relatively short five-and-a-half-mile distance, the speed made it a hike!  Anita led the walk.    Our walk followed Lewes Footpaths Favourite Walk 4.  One of a series of ten walks available for £4 from the Lewes Tourist Office.




Arlington Reservoir – Wednesday 9 February 2022

Arlington Reservoir is quite big but walking the nearly two miles circumference only took us an hour or so.  Thirteen of us congregated in the car park and having sparred successfully with the ticket machine, we set off in the anti-clockwise direction.  We soon encountered the only serious mud of the day.  After all the dry weather it was not intimidating and boots were largely unsullied.  Soon we came upon a group of local bird watchers, stationary in the narrow path that skirts Polhill’s Farm, binoculars trained on some very ordinary looking geese.  A swerve here and a swerve there saw us on our way and soon across the dam wall, wondering why a reservoir was constructed in that particular place.  The dam is long and low.  Just how much water does it contain?  We continued into the wooded northern edge.  It was easy walking on wide, dry paths.  We admired the low, open woven fence that continued for many yards.  We guessed that it was there to protect the new hedge plants and wondered at the time it must have taken to make.  Many person-hours, for sure.  At the top of a bit-of-a hill we were looking over the Weald to the north.  There appeared to be more water about half a mile away.  Not water, then what?  That horrible plastic that farmers use?  Not that either.  Finally, it was agreed that it is a Solar Farm, subsequently confirmed after a search on Google Maps.  Back at the car park, the café was still closed but the loos were open.  Much relieved we dispersed after a most pleasant stroll led by Hilda and Graham.




Chailey Green – Sunday 30 2022

 Twelve of us set out from Chailey Green on this brilliantly sunny winter’s day heading past Chailey Moat and across fields. Our 5.5 miles ramble continued south by grade 2 listed The Hooke and then turned westwards near to Mill Land and Chailey School and parallel to Honeypot Lane. There were many stiles to negotiate, some easier than others! About halfway through the walk, we entered the remote Great Home Wood with its mixed coppiced hornbeam, oak, pine with lots of holly and butcher’s broom on the forest floor. Then we walked along only 200 yards of road at Beresford Lane by Plumpton Woods. The fields were free of livestock and the paths were only occasionally muddy - despite little recent rain. From here our group returned via Popjoy and Cottage Woods, heading eventually back to St Peter’s Church. The walk was led by Roger at short notice.




Telscombe – Tuesday 25 January 2022

Eleven of us set off for a stroll at the end of the lane at the Tye above Telscombe village on a rather cold and dull January morning. We went west along the Tye and then looped around in a semicircle, taking us back to the lane, but on the opposite side of the village. We descended into the village, where we picked up another member of the Group and then stopped for a brief break in the churchyard.

From there we took the footpath going eastwards behind the church. Although much of the footpath had been churned up by horses, there was a narrow gangway alongside, which enabled us to pass along without getting stuck in the mud. Soon after we reached the houses on The Lookout, we turned right into Roderick Avenue, which descends into a valley and up the other side before it turns into one of the main thoroughfares in Peacehaven. We turned right again, along Telscombe Road, observing the interesting houses in the Northern purlieus of Peacehaven. When the road veered off to the left, we continued on the track along the Tye with extensive views of the sea, which, it has to be admitted, was barely distinguishable from the sky on that day. Shortly before reaching our cars, we were entertained by half a dozen sheep who were enjoying themselves running up and down a small hillock. The walk was led by Alan.




Truleigh Hill – Sunday 16 January 2022

The car park at Truleigh Hill is not particularly capacious so there was some concern about there being enough space for all the cars arriving for the start of the walk.  As it turned out, we all turned up early and there was more than enough room.  The ramble after that for the ten members who attended was very pleasant and even the hills seemed undemanding in the windless conditions.  The sun came out and we enjoyed its warmth as we sat and had our coffee break next to a large silo type structure near to the radio station.  Within a few minutes low clouds rolled over the Downs from the east and the walk back to the car park along the South Downs Way started out in this thin fog.  Equally quickly, the fog dissipated and we arrived back at the start in sunshine.  Part of the walk was along the Monarch’s Way, a 625 mile long-distance walk that more or less follows the route from Worcester to Shoreham, taken by Charles II when he escaped to France in 1651 after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.  Perhaps we might consider doing that another day.  Or maybe not.  Hilda and Graham were the leaders.



                     Coffee stop                                                in the sunshine- then                                         came the mist                       



                       some bright light                                                               and bullocks playing King of the Castle


Top pictures by Graham.  Bottom pictures by Brian.                   










Buxted Park – Wednesday 12 January 2022

Fifteen  members  enjoyed their first short stroll of the year around Buxted Park, a site of special scientific interest, famous for its deer park and a large artificial lake, home to many birds. It was a beautiful crisp, sunny day when we caught the No 29 bus from Lewes to Coopers Green where we crossed the road and entered the gate into the park.  After approximately 100 yards we turned right into the woodlands which were very muddy in places.  We followed the woodland path, past Uckfield Rugby Club until we came upon the Wealdway which took us up to the Buxted Park Hotel and St. Margaret the Queen Church.  The Hotel was originally built as a country residence in 1725 and was once owned by the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

After our  walk we continued along the A272 (Station Road) to enjoy coffee and cake at the Buxted Farm Shop.  We then caught the bus back to Lewes.  The walk was led by Clare.




Sunrise Saunter – Tuesday 21 December 2021

At 7 am on the shortest day, four remarkably wide-awake members convened on Cliffe Bridge in the hope of seeing the sun come up.  A brisk walk-up Malling Hill was followed by a less brisk-walk up Mill Road and an even less brisk trudge to the top of the Downs above one of the many old chalk pits.  A glimpse of the moon from time to time through the clouds engendered some small flutters of hope but it was not to be.  At Saxon Cross there were many pale red streaks across the eastern sky but the sun remained demurely hidden.  Returning to Lewes by way of the golf club and Chapel Hill ended a very pleasant outing led by Graham.  Better luck next year, maybe?




Red skies at sun rise


Sun rays soon after



Mount Harry Circular - Sunday 19 December 2021

The first Footpath Group hike” attracted seven hikers.  From Lewes train station we made our way to The Swan, followed Juggs Road for a few yards and then branched right along Love Lane which eventually passes beside the Winterbourne stream which has not yet begun to flow.  Climbing out of Houndean Bottom, we crossed the old racecourse, past the old stables and headed for Mount Harry where a coffee stop was taken mostly perched on a convenient piece of abandoned farm machinery.  Basically, it was just a load of junk but somehow it tried very hard to look like a modernistic sculpture and it very nearly did.  It is worth noting that the cloud cover was very low, visibility was down to about 200 yards so there were no typical Downs views to be seen.  When asked to judge how far away a lone tree, somewhat obscured by the haze, was, estimates varied from 80 to 200 yards. This interesting exercise in judging distances was resolved  by one of the group marching to the tree with his smart phone and that indicated that the distance was just 0.03 of a mile, a mere 53 yards.  Taking the track that was probably not used by Simon de Montford in 1264, we dropped down to Offham, crossed the road, past the church and followed the old road back to Lewes which probably was the one followed by the Londoners fleeing the site of the Battle of Lewes, hotly pursued by the vengeful Prince Edward.  This enjoyable outing was led by Hilda and Graham.




Kingston to Lewes – Tuesday 14 December 2021

On a dull, mild December morning, a small group of walkers from Lewes Footpaths Group took the bus from Lewes to Kingston.  Alighting near The Juggs public house (at an hour much too early for us to partake in the delights available in the pub) we crossed the road, to walk through the twittens and over the fields back towards Spring Barn Farm.  On reaching and crossing over the C7 we continued through the water meadows, eventually passing underneath the A27 and heading towards Ham Lane.  From here we made our way towards the Railway Land.  Although when faced with a very large puddle, opted to turn around and take an alternate drier path!

We eventually crossed the Railway Land and reached Cliffe Bridge where we split in different directions.  Some of the group headed off for lunch at one of the many cafes the town has to offer.  The Group all agreed it was lovely to be out in our beautiful countryside, in the fresh air, in good company, and away from the hustle and bustle that is, for many, the customary run up to Christmas.  Anita led the walk.




Lancing- Sunday 5 December 2021

As we drove over from Lewes to Lancing, the rain stopped and we were blessed with bright and clear weather for the whole of the walk. We started from the Lancing Ring Car Park in North Lancing on a somewhat “bracing” triangular downland walk with wide views for the whole walk. The first northbound leg offered lovely views of the lower Adur valley, though slightly marred by the derelict cement works. It’s thirty years since these were closed and it’s astonishing that nothing has been done to remove this eyesore. The cold wind on the downland was quite strong, so we found a sheltered spot for our coffee break just above the hamlet of Coombes. From there we went in a westerly direction and hit the full force of the wind. Nothing daunted, we continued to the top of the Downs, where we again changed direction for the final leg, now going South East with the wind behind us and sheltered by bushes. The temperature seemed to be several degrees higher, and we were treated to a spectacular vista of the deep grey-blue sea and the coastline stretching all the way from the Seven Sisters in the East to Worthing in the west with the turbines of the offshore wind farm clearly visible near the horizon. The nine walkers were led by Alan.




Southease - Rodmell Circular - Wednesday 1 December

The walk was led by Roger and Diana and set off from the YHA carpark at 10.30.  It was a lovely crisp, sunny day and the 10 of us made our way over the railway line at Southease Station and on to Rodmell, passing the church and Virginia Woolf’s house.  We followed the path of her last walk down to the river Ouse and then walked along it back to the YHA where we all enjoyed coffee and cake after a very enjoyable 4-mile stroll in good company.




By the Church


Across the river



Caburn in view


Back by the River Ouse












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